EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2899 - September 25, 2012     2 of 6

Sellers Can Now Share Photos through eBay Messaging System

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eBay sellers can now share photos with prospective buyers through the company's messaging system. eBay announced on Monday that sellers can send photos through My eBay.

"No more need to share personal email addresses or deal with third party photo sharing services," eBay wrote in its announcement.

Sellers can send up to five images per listing through the My eBay messaging system. Each photo file can be no larger than 5MB with a minimum of 500 pixels for the longest side (1600 pixels recommended). The files must be JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG or TIF format.

eBay allows sellers to host 12 free photos per listing, and it said the new photo-sharing feature would not count against those limits.

When replying to an email in My Messages, sellers will now see an "Add Pictures" button above the text box. Sellers click on the "Add Pictures" button and a pop-up window will ask them to upload pictures from their computer. Once they've uploaded their pictures, they click on "Save," and eBay will bring them back to the message text box with the pictures attached.

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